Archives & Collections

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Monday – Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday – Saturday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Adults $16
Seniors, Military & Students $13
Children (4-12) $10
Children Age 3 & Under FREE
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At the Karen Horny Center for Archives, paper materials like documents, photos, and ephemera are arranged, described, preserved, and stored to be used for research or included in future exhibits. The center also offers a space for researchers to study the museum's archival materials. If you would like to place a photo order, please contact Joan Hampton-Porter, History Museum on the Square Curator at

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Designed to meet varied curatorial and museum needs, the Linda K. Robertson Curatorial Center is a modern and much-needed addition to the History Museum on the Square. In this workspace, our curator, along with student interns, process and conserve artifacts and create exhibits. For additional collections information contact Joan Hampton-Porter at

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Museum Internships

The History Museum on the Square offers curatorial and archival internships or a combination of the two. Interning at the History Museum provides real-world, hands-on experience in the selected department(s) and a significant number of former interns have gone to work in related fields. Our internship program has been extremely active since 2004 with well over 100 undergraduate and graduate students participating from local and national universities.  For additional internship information, please contact

Photo Archives

Browse through hundreds of historic photos of Springfield, Missouri, and its surrounding areas.

Interested in ordering a photo from our collection? Please complete the Photo Order Form and Image Use Agreement. Step-by-step instructions are listed on these forms.

You will need the photo’s accession number and location (collection name, box number, and folder number). These can be found in our photo archives. Please be as specific as possible when requesting an image. Once the photos have been chosen and recorded, please indicate the resolution, format, quantity, and intended use on the photo order form. Submit completed Photo Order Form and Image Use Agreement to the museum archivist in person or via email.